Madyson Peoples and her group of grieving friends were gathered at a Manhattan pier in March 2018 when they noticed something odd in the sky.
The teenagers — who were mourning the tragic loss of 18-year-old Delaney Rosenberger and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Thompson Smith, both of whom died in a car crash — spotted a bright “star” shining over the skyline, which is a rarity, considering the light pollution endemic to the New York metropolitan area.
Thinking the beaming light may have been an airplane, Madyson, a 21-year-old Arizona native and former Pace University student, told In The Know she simply “brushed off” the incident. Later, though, one of her friends did some research and learned the star appeared to be Jupiter, one of the five planets occasionally visible from Earth to the naked eye.
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The friends were moved by the sighting and took it as a symbol that Delaney was watching over them, Madyson explained, noting, “we are all really into Astrology.” But the next day, Madyson said her late friend’s presence became even more tangible.
In a now-viral TikTok shared in response to a prompt from user @danielramsburg — in which he asked “what’s the craziest or most apparent sign the universe has ever sent you?” — Madyson explained that while en route to Delaney’s memorial service, she and her friends believe they were presented with a clear message from their late friend.
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“We all took a bus to Virginia so that we could go to her funeral service,” Madyson recounted in her TikTok. “Her brother picks us up [from the bus stop] and he’s like, ‘What do you guys want to listen to in the car ride?’ We’re like, ‘We don’t know, just shuffle your music.'”
“The first song that came on was ‘Drops of Jupiter‘ by Train,” Madyson continued. “Immediately after that song, ‘B****, Don’t Kill My Vibe‘ by Kendrick Lamar came on and we’re all just bobbing our head listening. You know the line that’s like, ‘I can feel your energy from two planets away’? In that moment, we researched it … two planets away from us is Jupiter.”
“Now we all have Jupiter tattooed on us,” Madyson added, revealing a Jupiter tattoo on her forearm.
TikTokers were shaken by the trilogy of Jupiter-related signs, with many commenting that it was an obvious sign sent by Delaney from the great beyond.
“This is the BEST STORY EVER your friend went to Jupiter,” one user wrote.
“I got full body chills,” said another.
Indeed, in a 2008 interview with VH1, Pat Monahan, the lead singer of Train, explained that he penned “Drops of Jupiter” following the death of his mother, stating, “the loss of the most important person in my life was heavy on my mind, and the thoughts of, ‘What if no one ever really leaves? What if she’s here but different?’ The idea was, she’s back here, in the atmosphere.”
The song now bears a similar meaning to Madyson, who says she and her friends were “devastated beyond words” over the loss of Delaney, whom she described as “the smartest person I’ve yet to meet.”
“She studied pre-law and had dreams of becoming a criminal defense lawyer,” Madyson told In The Know. “She literally lit up every room she entered.”
After Delaney’s death, Madyson said she and her friends had to become like “support beams for one another to cope.”
“We were just trying to hold it all together,” she said. “I think I can speak for all of us that our mental health was impacted really heavily, and it’s something we all still have to carry with us. All of the little ‘coincidences,’ like the Jupiter ones, gave us a lot of hope when we were struggling that her spirit could and will live on.”
Madyson also noted that in astrology, Jupiter represents a “symbol of luck, confidence, and knowledge,” which were all things that “Delaney embodied and inspired us all to be.”
“Delaney was strong-minded, hilarious, beautiful and had so much love for every single person in her life,” she added. “Everyone in our friend group had so much love and respect for her. I think everyone can agree that we all looked up to Delaney in more ways than one.”
In sharing her story, Madyson hopes she can bring solace to those who have lost loved ones with the notion that they never really this world at all.
“I hope it can bring grieving people comfort in knowing that their loved ones are probably also sending little signs that they’re still around,” she said. “You just have to listen for them.”
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